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Tony Podesta is plotting a comeback after weathering the Trump-Russia scandal.

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The collapse of Tony Podesta’s $42-million-a-year lobbying and public relations agency in 2017 amid a federal investigation shook Ok Avenue and rendered him poisonous — a uncommon Democratic sufferer of the Trump-era scandals.

However that was solely the start of his troubles.

Mr. Podesta, lengthy an outsized character within the affect trade and Democratic fund-raising, turned to his monumental assortment of contemporary artwork for solace and earnings. However when the pandemic despatched the artwork market reeling, he bought the penthouse apartment in Washington he had been utilizing to indicate and promote his assortment, and secured a mortgage from the federal government’s Paycheck Safety Program for struggling small companies.

Discussions about consulting gigs and a return to a fund-raising circuit that had turned its again on him had been halted by a mix of his declining earnings, pandemic restrictions and an an infection from knee surgical procedure that left him hooked to an intravenous antibiotic drip for months.

To prime it off, he stated, his e-mail accounts and web site had been frozen after Chinese language cyberthieves launched a wide-ranging phishing marketing campaign utilizing certainly one of his domains.

Now Mr. Podesta is exploring a return to a panorama he as soon as dominated.

The reception he will get might assist reply some questions on life in Washington after Mr. Trump. Did the backlash to the open access-peddling and company affect of the Trump period lead to brighter strains between company lobbying, fund-raising and governing? Or has the capital merely returned to the clubby tradition through which lobbyist fund-raisers like Mr. Podesta held sway?

Early indicators are blended.

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